September 9, 2002Huffy Sports Has Recalled
Portable Basketball Hoops
- Huffy Sports Company has recalled
about 70,000 portable basketball systems. The basketball hoops can have a
sharp protruding bolt on the player's side of the pole that can cause
serious leg or body lacerations to consumers. Basketball players can be cut
when they collide with the pole as they drive toward the basket or when they
fall or are pushed into the pole.
CPSC and Huffy Sports have received 11 reports of injuries from protruding
bolts that include scrapes and lacerations. Ten consumers required stitches
for their injuries.
These are portable, vertically mounted Huffy-brand basketball systems that
come unassembled with a plastic base that is weighted down by either sand or
water that is added during assembly. The basketball poles are painted black
and the Huffy brand name appears on the backboard, main pole, or plastic
base. The protruding bolt on the player side of the pole is located about
20-inches from the ground.
Sporting good, department and toy stores sold the Huffy-brand portable
basketball systems from November 2001 through May 2002 for between $100 and
Consumers should examine their units immediately. If there is a protruding
bolt in the area of play, contact Huffy Sports to receive free bolt covers.
Consumers can contact Huffy Sports at (800) 558-5234 between 8 a.m. and 4:30
p.m. CST Monday through Friday or the firm's web site at www.huffysports.com.